by Steve Speirs Ulysses Press, 2009 Review by Christian Perring on Feb 7th 2012
If you are looking to build up arm and core strength, and you don't want to use lots of equipment, then push-ups are a great option. 7 Weeks to 100 Push-Ups is a useful guide to how to do them, even for people who are not aiming at 100. It is a simple book with 144 pages combining black and white photographs and text. It has advice about injury prevention and warming up, how to do basic push-ups, and on variations. It has plans for people at Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels, and it also gives a test to work out what level you are at. There's also a section for people who can only do 1 or 2 push-ups at the start, and they need to go through a preliminary program to get them into shape enough to at least be able to do a few. At each level, there are 7 weeks during which you exercise three times a week, leaving a day or two between each session, to give your muscles time to recover and build up. In each session, you do a warm up, then between 5 and 8 sets with at least a minute's rest between each set, and a stretch at the end. This book will be helpful to anyone looking to improve their push-up technique, and it provides a great way to get fitter.